If you are an EA Access member, how would you like the opportunity to win a custom Battlefield Hardline Xbox One console and controller; a 12 month EA Access membership; and a copy of Battlefield Hardline?
One of the benefits of being an EA Access member is you can download upcoming EA games before the release date to try it out for a limited time.
EA Access members will have the opportunity to play Battlefield Hardline from March 12 – 16 (before it releases on March 17) and the chance to enter the Battlefield Hardline Play and Win Sweepstakes.
In anticipation of one of the biggest gaming events of the year, I will be at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Centeron Thursday March 5 from 7-9 p.m. The Microsoft store and I will be hosting this free event with in-store gameplay and a sneak peek at games like Ori and the Blind Forest and ScreamRide along with the chance to win some great prizes. No PAX admission is necessary – this event is free and open to the public. In addition to hands-on game play, we’ll have some food and of course prizes including a pair of tickets to attend the sold out PAX East show. The Facebook event page has complete details about the event as well. Let me know if you plan on attending. As a bonus for those of you who get there early (by 6 p.m.) The first 50 people in line will win a free digital copy of ScreamRide for Xbox One.
PAX East is one of the premiere gaming shows and is being held from March 6-8 in Boston, MA. Not only will Xbox have a huge presence at the show including another opportunity to play Halo 5 Guardians Arena multiplayer, I will be attending and participating in a number of events and panels.
Xbox Booth #5044
Friday, March 6 – 10:00 am to 6 pm
Saturday, March 7 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, March 8 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
What it Takes To Build a Next-Gen Open World Game Panel
Saturday, March 7, 10:30AM – 11:30AM, Albatross Theatre
Join CD Projekt RED, the developers behind the highly anticipated Xbox One title, The Witcher: Wild Hunt, as they discuss the challenges, opportunities, and everything else involved in building a next gen open world game. Don’t forget about the live narrated gameplay, too! Larry Hryb, aka Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, hosts.
Major Nelson Podcast Panel
Saturday, March 7, 5:00PM – 6:00PM, Condor Theatre
Join Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE’s Major Nelson, as we record an episode of the award winning podcast “Major Nelson Radio” LIVE in front of a studio audience. There’ll be prizes, guests and probably fun.
If I’m not involved with a panel, you might find me attending other panels, walking around the showroom floor or hanging out at the Xbox booth. Be sure to stop by and say hello.
In addition to the two PAX East panels, I will be hosting an in-store event with fans at Microsoft at The Shops at Prudential Center on March 5 from 7-9 p.m. ET. More details to come, but plan to get there early because the lines will open at 6 p.m.
For more information about the Xbox booth including a list of games being featured at the show, check out Xbox Wire or the Xbox Events site. For general information about PAX East, check out the official website.
The Microsoft store’s exclusive event will kick-off at 9 p.m. with early gameplay, including prizes and other giveaways. At 12:01 a.m., customers can pick up their pre-ordered game and continue the gameplay at home.
The first 150 fans who pick up their copy of Evolve for Xbox One at Microsoft at South Coast will have the chance to receive an exclusive Evolve gift bag. Additionally, anyone who pre-orders the game at a Microsoft store or via Microsoftstore.com will receive a $10 Microsoft store gift card.
This Facebook event page has all the details of the launch event. Other event highlights include:
• Tons of giveaways that will be available via in-store raffle including an Xbox One, Xbox Live cards, Xbox Music cards and Xbox One controllers.
• Customers will be able to enjoy free swag and a gift-with-purchase including exclusive Evolve artwork poster, controller pouch and LED glasses.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you gamers there on Monday, Feb. 9 at 9 p.m. at Microsoft at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol Street, Suite 1249 Costa Mesa, CA 92626).
I’m here in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show for the Forza Motorsport 6 announcement and I can’t think of a better place in the world than the Motor City to reveal Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios have teamed up with Ford Motor Company to bring the all-new Ford GT supercar to the world of Forza. Having seen the car in person, all I can say is fans of the series are in for a wild ride.
The Forza Motorsport 6 cover will feature the Ford GT and the game will include other Ford performance vehicles including the Shelby GT350 and F-150 Raptor. Details about the game will be released later this year.
While you’ll be able to watch The Game Awards 2014 from the comfort of your home on December 5th (full details forthcoming), the best way to watch is in person. From the front row. The Game Awards founder Geoff Keighley certainly agrees, because he’s gifted us a cache of tickets for Xbox fans.
On Thursday December 4th at 7pm, I’ll be hosting a special fan meetup at the Microsoft Store Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas, where we’ll be gifting The Game Awards 2014 tickets to the first 100 attendees. We’ll also have Xbox One games to play, and conduct a special raffle for a pair of front row seats, Xbox One bundles, and other prizes.
When: Thursday, December 4th. Line for The Game Awards tickets will form at 5pm. Meetup activities start at 7pm.
What happens if I do not win The Game Awards 2014 ticket, may I still attend the event? Yes! We’ll be running games of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sunset Overdrive, and Forza Horizon 2, and raffling off other prizes
The Game Awards ticket raffle details (read carefully!): Begin lining up at 5 p.m. where we’ll be raffling off 100 tickets to the Game Awards 2014 show on December 5! 100 lucky winners will each win one ticket to the show. This Microsoft store event is free to the public. You must be 18 to attend The Game Awards. No exceptions – ID will be checked!
It is only working in console right now. Xbox.com still shows it as “not available.”
We are unlocking the standard edition of Sunset Overdrive. You will still see a purchase price for the Day One Edition and Deluxe edition.
The game is showing up for free in the Gold Lounge, so that’s probably the fastest to find it. On the Xbox One Home Screen, clicking in the lower right slot that promotes Gold discounts will show the free Sunset offer.
Free weekend is now over! But Gold members get a 15% discount on the Day One Edition & Deluxe editions of @SunsetOverdrive now through Mon, Nov 24 midnight PT (2/2)
Beginning Saturday, November 22nd at 12.01 Eastern Time, Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One will get to play Sunset Overdrive for free for 24 hours. This is the full game; players will earn achievements and be able to save how far they progress during that 24 hour span. If you decide to purchase the game at a later point, you will be able to start again right where you left off.
Sunset Overdrive’s 8-player cooperative multiplayer experience, Chaos Squad, will also be available for everyone tomorrow. Please note: Chaos Squad must be unlocked by playing a certain amount into the campaign.
After the weekend, the Insomniac Games All-Star team will showcase several new weapons that will be available soon. Tune into the Xbox Twitch channel on Monday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m. Pacific Time to see what’s on the way.
To celebrate today’s launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, fans tuned into HaloFest – a livestream event broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, Twitch, YouTube and select global press sites. The three day event included the Halo: Master Chief Collection Invitational Tournament where pro players from around the world battled it out for the chance to win $50,000 and the opportunity to be the first to play the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, set to arrive December 29.
On Monday night, HaloFest culminated with Halo fans from around the world joining Xbox and 343 Industries at the Avalon Theater in Los Angeles for an unforgettable night to celebrate the past, present and future of Halo. The event world premiered the first two episodes of Halo: Nightfall and provided a first look at gameplay of the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.
You can watch the HaloFest finale in its entirety right here, or head straight for the highlights.
Below, catch the dramatic Grand Finals of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection Launch Invitational tournament between Str8 Rippin and Believe the Hype:
After the finals, we staged the first ever Halo 5: Guardians exhibition match, complete with commentary from Andy “Bravo” Dudynsky and Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez:
Thanks to everyone who tuned in last night and across the weekend. See you online soon.
Tonight at midnight, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released to the world, bringing four classic games together in a shiny, expansive package. Included in the collection is access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, which begins next month. Tonight, the world will get its first good look at what to expect from that experience.
Beginning tonight at 8 pm Pacific (11pm Eastern) the HaloFest finale will be broadcast on Xbox Live, Xbox.com, on our official Twitch channel, and in select Microsoft Stores . Not only is this the first place you’ll get to see the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta ahead of its December 29th launch, it’s the world premiere of the Halo: Nightfall digital series, and we’ll bring you exclusive interviews with the minds behind Halo at 343 Industries and talent of “Halo: Nightfall. This is the ninth Halo title I’ve helped launch (Halo 2, 3, 4, Halo Wars, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, Halo: Spartan Assault and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary) and I am very much looking forward to welcoming the series to Xbox One with the spectacular Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Here’s an embed of the livestream, it’ll kick live a few minutes before 8:
This morning, our friend Geoff Keighley announcedThe Game Awards 2014, a new show promising to celebrate the cultural significance of video games with awards, world premieres, musical performances and more. The Game Awards 2014 will be broadcast from Las Vegas on Friday, December 5 at 6 PM Pacific.
As you might expect, we’ll be streaming The Game Awards 2014 on Xbox One and Xbox 360, but for those that want to attend in person, that opportunity is available. Tickets will be made available to the general public on-sale tomorrow at noon, but we can share a special offer for Xbox fans today only. Here’s how to access it:
Your Halo journey begins next week, and Microsoft stores are planning a celebration. Most of the nation’s 106 locations will begin Halo: The Master Chief Collection launch festivities on Monday, November 10at 10 p.m. local time.
Attendees will be able try out the game with fellow Master Chief fans while they wait, and enjoy free food and prize raffles. Be one of the first 150 to pick up your copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection to score an exclusive Halo t-shirt and Microsoft canteen. You can also catch everything from the HaloFest Premiere Event, which will be streamed to your local Microsoft Store so you won’t miss the reveal of the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta or the debut of Halo: Nightfall.
What’s more, the Bellevue Square Mall Microsoft Store in Bellevue, WA, will host a special premiere event, which will have Master Chief available for photo opportunities. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection will come to life through a museum-like experience with Halo props from the archives and replica pieces on display throughout the store. There will be lots of great raffle prizes and giveaways too! We’re also hosting an event in the Austin Microsoft Store which will include special appearances from members of the 405th, in full Spartan Armor, 343 developers, and Halo level design master Max Hoberman.
Microsoft stores will keep the celebration going, all 106 Microsoft Stores will host daily Halo happy hours from 4-6 p.m. beginning Tuesday, November 11 through Friday, November 14 featuring free gameplay and swag giveaways.
Later in the week, I will personally be opening the Microsoft Store at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York on Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Then at 7pm that evening, I’ll be hosting a special fan meetup, where we’ll be raffling off a special Halo collectables package, as well as an Xbox One and other prizes.
This Facebook event page has all the details of the launch events, including exclusive grand opening day deals and giveaways.
If you pre-order Halo: The Master Chief Collection before Nov. 10, you will receive special offers including:
A $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com.
Microsoft Exclusive Boom Skull that unlocks 2x Explosion physics
“My Other Car is a Warthog” throwback license plate frame
Master Chief window decal
If you are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, toward the Xbox Store.
If you haven’t upgraded to an Xbox One console yet, there is also a limited-time promotion for $50 off any Xbox One. That is in addition to Microsoft Stores’ competitive trade-in offers of up to $100 toward an Xbox One.
Back in 2004, we marveled at the stunning cinematics which delivered the biggest story moments of Halo 2. Ten years later, get ready to be blown away all over again. For Halo: The Master Chief Collection, visual effects specialist Blur Studio has rebuilt Halo 2’s cinematics, and they really do need to be seen to be believed. Here’s a preview:
For your first look at the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta and the world premiere of the first episode of Halo: Nightfall, you’ll want to join us for the HaloFest Live broadcast. Join the festivities on Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch, beginning at 8 p.m. PT on Monday, November 10th.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on November 11th, and is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download here.
We’re now just a few hours away from the North American launch of Xbox One exclusive Sunset Overdrive. Tonight, Insomniac Games’ Founder and CEO Ted Price and Game Director Drew Murray will join me to kick off the celebration in style, live on Twitch.
Starting at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific (click to see what time that is where you live) you’ll hear directly from the developers, get your questions answered live, and see lots and lots of Sunset Overdrive – even if you’ve been watching livestreams of Sunset Overdrive over the past several days, you won’t have seen this gameplay.
And, as usual, we’ll be throwing a few surprises into the stream. So get your questions ready, and we’ll see you tonight.
Microsoft retail stores are celebrating the launch of Sunset Overdrive with a series of in-store events and giveaways. Every store will hold a raffle with great prizes on the line, such as controllers, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Xbox music passes, and the Xbox One consoles.
Additionally, six of the largest Microsoft stores locations will go full Sunset City; to match the WonderTown Land atmosphere in Sunset Overdrive, the Stores will have a Sunset City insipired carnival atmosphere with a photo opp, a DJ outfitted as the hero, as well as Surface demo tables and special raffle entries for giveaways and more. The following stores will have the full Sunset Overdrive experience: Bellevue Square (Bellevue, WA), The Streets at Southpoint (Durham, NC), Century City (Los Angeles, CA), Dadeland Mall (Miami, FL), Mall of America (Minneapolis, MN), and Metropolis at Metrotown (Vancouver, Canada)
All Sunset Overdrive launch events take will begin at 10 p.m. on this coming Monday, October 27th.
Microsoft retail stores also have the following exclusive pre-order offers for Sunset Overdrive:
If you pre-order Sunset Overdrive in store before Tuesday, Oct. 28, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. If you pre-order online and are an Xbox Live Rewards member, you get an additional $5, which is $15 or 15,000 points total, towards the Xbox Store..
With Sunset Overdrive pre-orders through Microsoft Store, users will get exclusive melee weapons Acordes de la Muerte and The Hangover as an added bonus to the Day One Edition. They’ll also receive an exclusive white controller holder with the pre-order of the Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle.
Everyone who pre-orders Sunset Overdrive bundle receives a special controller stand to match your new, white Xbox One system.
Trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
The first 100 customers who pre-order Sunset Overdrive in each store will receive a special edition t-shirt
From E3 to gamescom to Tokyo Game Show, we’ve been running full-speed to game events around the globe. This week we arrive at our next milestone: Brasil Game Show 2014. BGS takes place in Sao Paulo, October 9-12, and it’s the biggest gaming event in Latin America.
For those of you in Sao Paulo, you won’t want to miss an opportunity to meet our developers, play the best lineup of games and take in all the frenetic delights our industry has to offer. The team is bringing an awesome games line-up for the Xbox booth.
Here’s what you need to know:
When: Thursday, October 9 through Sunday, October 12, 1:00-9:00 PM BRT
What you can do: Play at any of our 70 game stations running more than 20 upcoming Xbox titles. Talk to the developers. Get the latest news from our partners.
Games: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Forza Horizon 2, Sunset Overdrive, EA Sports FIFA 15, UFC, Project Spark, Killer Instinct, Happy Wars, Minecraft Xbox One Edition, ScreamRide, Ori The Blind Forest, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Disney Infinity Marvel, Lara Croft the Temple of Osiris, ID@Xbox titles, Ryse: Son of Rome Legendary Edition, Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, Just Dance, Dance Central, Kinect Sports Rivals
For anyone not lucky enough to be in Sao Paulo, keep an eye on @XboxBR for regular BGS updates.
Forza Horizon 2 launches next week, and Microsoft retail stores are planning activities to mark the occasion on Day 1 and beyond. On Tuesday, September 30th – launch day – at least the first 25 customers to pick up their copy of the game at each of the 104 Microsoft retail stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will receive a Forza Horizon 2 gift bag.
If you pre-order Forza Horizon 2 in store before Tuesday, receive a $10 gift card for Microsoft Stores or $10 to spend in the Xbox Store if you order on MicrosoftStore.com. A pre-order will also net you a Microsoft Store-exclusive in-game code to unlock the Audi RS 4 Avant in-game.
Microsoft Stores across the country will also host gameplay tournaments from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 5. To find out more about tournaments, contact your local store.
If you don’t want to compete, you can try the game, pick up a copy of Forza Horizon 2, and get a custom Forza photo taken. You can also trade in your Xbox 360 or PS3 and receive $100 towards your Xbox One console purchase. More details about our game and console trade-in program here.
As you might expect, you’ll be able to grab your copy of Destiny at midnight, but attendees will actually be able to go hands-on earlier, as Destiny stations go live in-store starting at 10 P.M. local time.
Bonus: the first 100 people to pick up their pre-order will get an exclusive Destiny swag bag, and we’ll also raffle off prizes and serve snacks for guests.
If you don’t already have an Xbox One, there are a number of specials going on this week as well. Pick up an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store and you’ll receive a $50 Xbox Gift Card AND a FREE game, for a limited time only. Microsoft Stores are also offering a $100 credit if you trade in your old Xbox 360 towards your Xbox One purchase.
Nearly every store in the US and Canada is participating this evening, so check here to find your nearest Microsoft Store location: msft.it/destiny
If you can’t make it out to a launch event tonight, we invite you to join us for a live Twitch broadcast of Destiny, beginning 9pm Pacific/Midnight Eastern. We’ll be broadcasting from the Bellevue, Washington store (just a few blocks away from Bungie HQ), and playing through the early hours of Destiny. We might even toss a few giveaways into the chat stream as well…
In preparation for the launch of Forza Horizon 2 on September 30th, we’re excited to announce that all Xbox Live Gold members can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5 for free this entire upcoming weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. PDT, Thursday, September 4 through 11:59 p.m. PDT, Sunday, September 7, Gold members in Xbox One markets can enjoy Forza Motorsport 5, in entirety and for free.
The Forza Motorsport 5 weekend will allow you to check out the full Forza experience with special in-game challenges, online play, and collect achievements and Gamerscore. After the weekend, you’ll have the option to purchase the game online from the Xbox Games Store or visit your favorite retailer and continue playing from where you left off.
Additionally, Turn 10 has some special events planned for the weekend; for more details on the click over to Xbox Wire.
As Xbox is headquartered in the Seattle area, PAX Prime is a special event for us. This year, we were thrilled to invite the Xbox faithful over to our house to play some games. Hundreds of you took us up on the offer; take a look:
At the event, we showcased 29 new and upcoming ID@Xbox titles, including Volgarr the Viking, Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, and the just-released Warframe. Couch co-op and competitive multiplayer was on full display, with titles like #IDARB, Chariot, Knight Squad, and SlashDash drawing crowds (and lots of shouting).
So we’d like to offer a sincere thank you to those who made the trip out to Redmond, including those who braved a rush hour ride on the Sunset Overdrive bus. Your enthusiasm and sheer numbers are strong encouragement for us to go big next year as well.
And, of course, we’ll keep all of you updated on when these games hit the Xbox Games Store.